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5 things you need to know about the common cold.

Antibiotics don’t work 1

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Because the common cold is caused by a virus, antibiotics unfortunately don’t work. 1 Did you know that there are over 200 viruses associated with the common cold? 1

To find out other interesting facts about colds…

Colds are self-limiting 2

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This means that they usually don’t last long and they go away even without treatment. 1 Complete recovery from a cold usually occurs within 7 days (10 – 14 days for children). 2

To learn more about the symptoms of the common cold…

Treatment is mainly symptomatic 2

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Treatment of the common cold is focussed on symptomatic relief. 2 This means that the medications are used to help you feel better while your body fights the infection. 1

To find out what medications can be used for your symptoms…

Rest is best 1

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One of the single most important things you can do for a cold is to rest. 1,2 Make sure you are also taking in plenty of fluids and nutritious foods. 1,2

To discover what else you can do at home to relieve your symptoms…

The 10 main causes you “catch” a cold 1,2

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Cold viruses are spread by inhaling an infected person’s sneeze or cough aerosols or by direct contact with an infected person’s hands. 1,2

Did you know that you can also pick up viruses from objects such as door handles or shopping trolleys? 1,2

To learn how to protect yourself…

Watch the video to the right to find out how the viruses invade your body.

You can catch a cold from the cold.


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